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ACRATH Advocates for Modern Slavery Act

Posted in August 2nd, 2017

113Public Hearing in Melbourne

The Federal Government Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade is currently conducting an inquiry into whether Australia should have a Modern Slavery Act. To provide a submission for this inquiry ACRATH partnered with The Freedom Partnership, the Justice and International Mission of the Uniting Church in Australia Victoria and Tasmania Synod and FECCA (the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia). At a public hearing in Melbourne on 2nd August representatives of the four organisations responded to questions from the inquiry committee.IMG_20170802_135330


ACRATH members from Victoria attended the public hearing. A copy of the written submission (submission No 199) from these organisations can be found on the inquiry page of the Parliament website.

Minister Announces Anti-Trafficking Funding

Posted in July 30th, 2017

 no-place-for-slaveryMarking the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

In a media release to mark the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons the Minister for Justice, Michael Keenan MP, has announced the Federal Government is committing “$500,000 to four Australian Civil Society organisations for projects to prevent and deter these deplorable crimes. The specialist organisations include the Salvation Army, Anti-Slavery Australia, The Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans and the Australian Muslim Women’s Centre for Human Rights.” Download the media release here.

ACRATH thanks Minister Keenan for this grant that will enable us to continue working towards the elimination of human trafficking. We also congratulate the other grant recipients and look forward to continued collaboration in this important human rights issue.

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Posted in July 29th, 2017

bh_WD_logo_EN_finalJoin the Fight to Eradicate Human Trafficking

The United Nations has declared 30th July to be the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. To mark this day Talitha Kum (International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons) has released a declaration. Down load the Talitha Kum declaration here.
ACRATH is a member of Taitha Kum. We urge you to reflect on the Talitha Kum declaration and then make a commitment to work against Human Trafficking, a crime which affects every country. One way in which you may wish to engage in the fight to eradicate this crime is by making a donation to support the work of ACRATH. Read more… 

ACRATH National Committee

Posted in July 24th, 2017

P1000392ACRATH Committee Meets in Melbourne

For two days in July the ACRATH National Committee met in Melbourne. With gratitude for the past and hope in the future set the atmosphere for the two day meeting. As June 30, 2017 had marked the end of a three year strategic plan the meeting provided an opportunity to reflect back and celebrate what had been achieved and to see what lessons had been learnt. This reflection informed the meeting as the committee proceeded to work on the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan and discuss the development of various ACRATH projects. These projects included the Archdiocese of Sydney Anti-Slavery Task Force, ACRATH partnership with St Vincent’s Health Australia, the 2018 ACRATH Calendar, 2017 Canberra Advocacy and the 2018 ACRATH national Conference.

Law Enforcement Committee Releases Report

In December 2015, the Parliament of Australia Joint Committee on Law Enforcement initiated an inquiry into human trafficking, slavery and slavery-like practices. Having received submission and conducted public hearings in Sydney Melbourne and Canberra the Committee has released a report on their finding. The report contains 20 recommendations. ACRATH wrote a submission for this inquiry and also took part in a public hearing in Melbourne. ACRATH was therefore delighted to see the Law Enforcement Committee recommending such things as a National Compensation scheme for victims of trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences to be funded by proceeds of crime, the de-linking of access to the Support for Trafficked People Program from compliance with criminal investigations, Commonwealth Government facilitation and expedition of family reunification for victims of trafficking, slavery and slavery-like offences and the appointment of an Anti-Slavery and Trafficking Commissioner. The full report can be accessed here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in July 12th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 7

The 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) was released by the  US State Department recently. The July issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights some of the issues raised in this report. It also profiles some of the 2017 TIP heroes named when the report was released.  Download your copy of the July issue here.

ACRATH Fund Raising Campaign

Posted in July 9th, 2017

Donate buttonACRATH Needs your Help

ACRATH has launched a fundraising campaign following the end of Federal Government funding on June 30 2017.  While ACRATH, and several other organisations, have been invited to apply for funding as part of a competitive grants program, we have no guarantee of success.

ACRATH needs to secure funding now and so we have launched a fundraising appeal throughout July, leading up to the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. We need your help. Our work is critical to the lives of so many people. We cannot stop now. Read more…

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Big Picture, Big Task

Posted in July 5th, 2017

Ending Slaveryending slavery

Slavery is the world’s second largest fastest growing illegal crime and it touches us every day – through food we eat, clothes we wear and products we purchase. There is a global movement to end it.

International advocate against slavery, Matt Friedman, is coming to Australia and will speak on the breadth and range of human slavery in the world today and how we can all play our part in helping to address this global problem.

When:    Fri 28 July 2017 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Where:   ACRATH – 54 Beaconsfield Parade, Albert Park

RSVP essential for catering purposes. Book here.

2017 TIP Report

Posted in June 30th, 2017

2017 TIP ReportHuman Trafficking is Global in Scope

Us Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, launched the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report in New York on 27th June. In addressing readers of the report Tillerson states, “Human trafficking is one of the most tragic human rights issues of our time. It splinters families, distorts global markets, undermines the rule of law, and spurs other transnational criminal activity. It threatens public safety and national security. But worst of all, the crime robs human beings of their freedom and their dignity. That’s why we must pursue an end to the scourge of human trafficking.”

This years report has a focus on the responsibility governments have in holding offenders accountable. In the light of this focus Susan Coppedge, US Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, comments, “A victim-centered and trauma-informed approach requires, first and foremost, that the criminal justice system not penalize victims of human trafficking when they are forced to commit crimes as a direct result of their exploitation. When forced criminality takes place as part of the scheme, victims should not be further punished by the very system meant to protect them; and when they are, their convictions should be expunged and they should receive support and the comprehensive services to which they are entitled.”

As in past years, the 2017 TIP Report also honours individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking.  Access the 2017 Trafficking in Persons Report here.

Stop Trafficking!

Posted in June 30th, 2017

Stop TraffickingAnti-Human Trafficking Newsletter Vol 15 No 6

The June issue of Stop Trafficking! highlights various reports that help the reader realise the complexities of human trafficking. Articles include What does human trafficking look like inn the US, Fashion makes me uncomfortable, How state courts can assist trafficked victims and How the hospitality sector can assist the exploited. Access a copy of Stop Trafficking! here.

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